5 Questions, Buffs-Wildcats Revisited

Inside, five questions about the Colorado-Kansas State game revisited. The Wildcats defeated CU 34-21 in Boulder.

1) Can the Buffs fluster KSU's young quarterback?

No. True freshman Josh Freeman joined the ranks of young quarterbacks who have played well against the Buffs. On Saturday, Freeman looked like an all-conference performer against the CU defense. While Freeman had thrown nine interceptions coming into the game, he avoided mistakes Saturday. He ended the day a stellar 22 of 26 through the air for 251 yards and two touchdowns.

The 6-foot-6 Freeman also was impressive on a reverse in the fourth quarter when he blocked two CU defenders 25 yards down field from the line of scrimmage and sprung the ballcarrier Yamon Figurs for Wildcats' final touchdown.

2) And who does the pressuring?

Senior defensive end Abraham Wright was on the bench on CU's first defensive series, a disciplinary move as a result of Wright missing a special teams meeting earlier this season, and being late to a meeting this week. Sophomore Maurice Lucas was in Wright's place in the starting lineup. Wright got a sack, and extended his team-leading number to 11.5.

Overall, however, Colorado did not get much pressure on Freeman. The freshman made the Buffs play in the fourth quarter on one CU blitz. He found receiver Jordy Nelson who was matched up one on one with CU corner Chapelle Brown. Brown missed the tackle and Nelson raced for a 74-yard touchdown.

3) Speaking of young quarterbacks: how will Bernard Jackson handle Kansas State's defense?

Jackson had a big play in the fourth quarter when he kept the ball out of the shotgun, went left, broke two tackles and scored on a 62-yard run. The play pulled the Buffs to within six, 20-14 with 13:26 to go in the game. It was the longest run by a CU quarterback since Darian Hagan raced 71 yards for a score in 1989. Other than that play, Jackson fared about as well as he has in recent weeks. He threw for 145 yards on 10 of 18 passing. Jackson sailed two passes when receivers were open, and had one pass dropped.

4) Which team comes up with the big play turnovers?

Colorado was +7 in turnover margin coming into the game, and Kansas State was +1. But it was the Wildcats who came out +1 in the game. Stephone Robinson's fumble in the second quarter deep in CU territory led to a Kansas State touchdown two plays later.

5) Which coach gets a leg up in their first meeting?

Ron Prince 1, Dan Hawkins 0.


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